Cheap Gaming: The Most Wallet-Friendly Ways To Play The Latest Games
If you’re smart enough then Gaming doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Trying to keep up with the latest game releases can be high for your wallets. Surprisingly, there are lots of tools and services designed to help you play the best games around without emptying your bank account.
isthereanydeal.com: The ultimate tool for saving money on PC games. Think of it as a hub for the best deals: it catalogs every discount worth knowing about on the web in one place, which is handy given the hundreds of PC sales that are going on at any one time. You create a ‘waitlist’ by importing your Steam, GOG or Gamersgate wishlist, or populate the list manually on the website by selecting the games you’re interested in buying. You can sort by price or discount and can also set up notifications for individual games if you want a nudge when a title falls below a certain price and best of all, it costs absolutely nothing.
humblebundle.com: A brilliant monthly bundle service that gives you curated crates of both blockbuster and indie games for just $12 a month (around £9.50). Plus, 5% of the proceeds go to charity, so you can feel good about where your money is going.
origin.com: It costs just £3.99/$4.99 per month or £20/$30 for a yearly subscription. That’s hard to beat. After the deal, you get 10% off on all Origin purchases and early trial access to EA games in the future.
playstation.com: The PS3 had some of the best games around, and you can play most of them on PS4 (or even PC) through PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming service. There’s Shadow of the Colossus, Red Dead Redemption, Ico and more than 400 others. First is its price: at £12.99/$19.99 a month. Secondly, it is a game streaming service, rather than a download and plays service.
xbox.com: One of its best features is that you download games rather than streaming them, which is good if you have a slow internet connection. It also means that internet blackouts won’t interrupt your time on the sofa. The price is reasonable: $9.99/£7.99/AU$10.95 a month after a two-week free trial. Also, you get a 20% discount on Xbox One titles if you sign up.
gamefly.com: The closest you can get to Netflix for games. You can play PS4 and Xbox One games without buying a console – all you need to do is download the GameFly app on you Smart TV or Amazon Fire Stick. Provided your internet is fast enough (5Mbps or more should do it) you then stream games direct to your TV. You pay for a package of games and you get unlimited access to the titles in that range for just under $10 a month.
amazon.co.uk: Amazon Prime is full of neat add-ons, and there’s one that’s especially good for gamers. In the US, if you are a subscriber you will get an automatic 20% off new game releases.